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Coffers unexpectedly full at the Thames Valley District School Board

15 February 2018, 06:12 | Winifred Adams

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Above, from left, are superintendent of schools Dr. Peter Gretz; board chairman and Harmony Village District representative on the school board Claudia Soucek; Hartfield District representative Jim Goforth; Pinetop District representative Garland Harrow; Saluda District representative Dr. Richard Shores; board clerk Peggy Jordan; and assistant clerk Karen Murray.

The board's preliminary meeting Tuesday was attended by Fairfield District resident Jo Ann Adkins, who has two children in the county's school division.

"Everyone likes to think that their job is important, and it is, but ultimately you do have to make decisions somewhere along the line and when faced with making choices you have to decide that some positions are more important than others", Frisch said.

Several topics discussed over the past year were included on an initial list provided by Warren, including full day kindergarten, class sizes, facility renovations, and stadium and ballfield upgrades, and staff and board members took turns suggesting others.

"This is a pretty aggressive schedule", board member Craig Terwilliger said.

Replacing and repairing outdated equipment in technology classrooms. It further states the Board will seek candidates from within and from outside the district. He said he agreed with her premise, but suggested simply prioritizing more funding within the budget for the Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency. Member Ed Diasio's top priority would be ensuring the district's workforce can meet changing student needs such as for mental health, member Jonathan Kassa said he'd like to see a survey asking students' thoughts on various topics and the educational climate, and member Juliane Ramic asked for a look at whether new staff are needed to better link mental health needs with community resources.

And students in the Waterloo region aren't at a great risk of overdosing while in school, said board spokesman Nick Manning.

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"I want to do what's best for the kids". The board also has plans to conduct a public hearing on the superintendent hire at 6 p.m. February 28 at the school board office, 153 Washington Amherst.

It was chaotic as parents, teachers and community members shouted at the governing board when one member initially moved to table the agenda item.

The board interviewed nine candidates last week during three meetings, Childers said.

"We will stay on budget and on time with this project", Endres added.

"When we are cut, then we have to make cuts", Cook said.

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